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Harper Government Invests in Programs to Help Canadians Quit Smoking

May 31 2013 12:00AM

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/31/13 -- Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Health, announced an investment today in two projects that will give health care providers tools and services to help Canadians quit smoking.

"Our government is committed to helping Canadians get the support they need to give up smoking and live healthier lives," said Dr. Carrie. "While the number of Canadians who smoke is dropping, it remains one of the major causes of chronic health conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease."

Funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada will allow the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to expand on an already successful national smoking cessation program. The program, which enhances health professionals' skills and abilities to provide smoking cessation counselling, currently runs in cardiovascular clinics across Canada and will be expanded into respiratory and diabetes clinics in Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick.

"Our project, 'Implementing a National Smoking Cessation Program in Respiratory and Diabetes Education Clinics (INSPIRE),' aims to remove barriers for Canadians - especially those with respiratory diseases and diabetes - who want to quit smoking by providing them with tools and skills based on best practices," said Dr. Bob Reid, Deputy Chief, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Project Director.

In addition, the Agency is funding the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care (CNRC) to develop a national smoking cessation training curriculum and to establish a smoking cessation educator certification program through their project entitled "Enhancing the Capacity of Health Care Professionals to Integrate Evidence-based Smoking Cessation Interventions."

"National standards for smoking cessation training programs through the creation of the Certified Tobacco Educator credential will increase the ability of health care professionals working on the front lines of patient care to reduce the burden of disease and suffering caused by tobacco use," says Dr. Ken Chapman, CNRC president.

The two projects are funded under the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, which supports interventions aimed at tobacco use as a common risk factor for chronic diseases. These projects have leveraged private sector funding to increase impact and will focus on accountability for results. We recognize the important contribution of our private sector partners, including iMD Health, Pear Healthcare Solutions, TimedRight, Pfizer Canada, Novartis Canada, and Johnson & Johnson.

The Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively across all sectors, including the private sector, to promote programs and activities that support healthy living and chronic disease prevention.

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FACT SHEET May 2013

Helping Canadians quit smoking

The primary mission of the Government of Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS) is to reduce tobacco-related death and disease among Canadians. Under the FTCS, the Public Health Agency of Canada funds interventions aimed at tobacco use as a common risk factor for chronic diseases and that help Canadians quit smoking.

The Government of Canada is focusing on innovative, multi-sectoral partnerships, leveraging resources and achieving greater accountability for results. The two projects announced today support health care providers in counselling their patients to quit smoking.

Implementing a National Smoking Cessation Program in Respiratory and Diabetes Education Clinics - "INSPIRE" (University of Ottawa Heart Institute)

Thanks to federal funding of over $1.6 million, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute will expand on an already successful national smoking cessation program. The program, which enhances health professionals' skills and abilities to provide smoking cessation counselling, currently runs in cardiovascular clinics across Canada and will be expanded into respiratory and diabetes clinics in Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick. The expanded model will focus on improving the rates of identification, treatment and follow-up support of smokers with respiratory disease or diabetes; increasing rates of quitting among patients with respiratory disease or diabetes; and, improving the smoking cessation skills of respiratory and diabetes health professionals.

Enhancing the Capacity of Health Care Professionals to Integrate Evidence-based Smoking Cessation Interventions (Canadian Network for Respiratory Care)

The Canadian Network for Respiratory Care will receive federal funding of $930,000 to develop a national smoking cessation training curriculum and establish a smoking cessation educator certification program.

Further funded by private partners, these projects are examples of how the Government is advancing innovative partnerships across many sectors, particularly private, health care and not-for-profit organizations.



Contacts:
Health Canada
Cailin Rodgers
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
(613) 957-0200

Public Health Agency of Canada
Media Relations
(613) 941-8189





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